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How to Update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes automatically

So, what do you do if you see an update message (“ xx.x is available! Please update now”) in your WordPress Admin Screens? Never ignore that message. There are enormous variety of Scams and other malicious activities circulating around the internet. When wordpress notice a new malicious activity, they add updates to defend against them. WordPress constantly add new features, improvements and release ‘updates’ at regular intervals. Well, not just the WordPress core, but also plugins and themes providers also release ‘updates’ at regular intervals.

Check current site for updates
To check your website for WordPress Core, plugin, or theme updates, log into your wordpress admin and click Dashboard>>Updates.

Updates menu

Updates menu

You can see list of updates there.

updates available

updates available

Note: If a WordPress Plugin update is available, it also will be shown on the Plugin’s menu title, and on the Plugin List Page. If a WordPress theme update is available, it also will be shown on the theme List Page(Appearance>>Themes). You should always update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes to the latest version to make sure your website is also up-to-date with new features and security updates.

Version 3.7 onwards WordPress introduced automatic updates for minor releases (For example, it will automatically update itself from WordPress 3.7 to 3.7.1.). But this Auto update is not enabled for major releases like 3.7 to 3.8.

Update/upgrade your WordPress core, themes and plugins easily

Sure, updating can be a pain, but now you are able to update/upgrade your WordPress and plugins to a newer version easily and users never even realize that WordPress has updated. If your site is hosted with a managed WordPress hosting, the host usually takes care of automatic updates. For other users, you can enable automatic updates in 2 different ways.

Method1: Using Advanced Automatic Updates plugin

Method2: Edit your wp-config.php file

  • Login to the Cpanel and then click on the File Manager icon in the Files section.

    click on the File Manager icon

    click on the File Manager icon

  • You’ll see a pop-up window. Select your site and click on GO in order to proceed.

    click Go

    click Go

  • The wp-config.php is the file contained in the root of your WordPress file directory. Click on it and from the top menu choose “Edit”.

    Open file to edit

    Open file to edit

  • Add the following to enable major WordPress Releases updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.
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    Add the following to enable plugins updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.

    Plugin update

    Plugin update

    Add the following to enable themes updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.

    theme update

    theme update

  • Once you’ve finished editing the file click on SAVE CHANGES in the top right hand corner.

 

Top 15 WordPress Photography Themes

WordPress is not just great for writing, but also for images. More than 19% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress, so its no surprise that somewhere out there, there are some WordPress sites for the creative people.

What is great about WordPress is that it is open source. You can mold the site to your liking. Add some great looking themes, and people wouldn’t notice that you are using WordPress.

Deep Focus: $69

Deep Focus

Deep Focus

Deep Focus is a stylish photography theme from Elegant Themes. You can turn your WordPress blog into a fully functional online photo gallery while still maintain the core features of a blog. The theme comes with a blog and CMS-style homepage; thus making it a great solution for photographers, building online presence.

Deep Focus is by far the most user-friendly photography theme offered by Elegance Themes.


Border: $55

Border is a unique, and easy-to-use photography theme for WordPress. The theme is built with the professional photographer in mind as this theme focuses on the main ‘focal point’. The theme comes with an intuitive interface that is carefully crafted to showcase your pictures. Theme has a photo frame design that makes the pictures stand out.

Border

Border


Preus: Free

Preus is a theme that comes with a full-header at the top of the page and a filmstrip slider just below it for your featured images and posts. This is a great photography blog theme as visitors can easily scan through the photos quickly.

Preus

Preus


Chocolate: $45

Chocolate theme is a theme for the sophisticated photographers. The theme is a refined and elegant template with a complex combination of light gradients, shadows, coupled with its rich functionality. The theme was originally created to serve as a unique showcase of your works and with a strong blogging component.

Chocolate defines how far can WordPress themes go. The conventional WordPress blog design is very far off from this theme; in fact, it no longer looks like WordPress at all.

Chocolate

Chocolate


Crush: $50

Crush is a highly customizable portfolio theme that is designed for photographers, agencies, and personal websites. ThemeForest dubbed this theme as the “Theme to End All Portfolio Themes”, and as you can see, they may be right.

Crush

Crush


BirdSite: Free

BirdSite is a theme with a left aligned page and a grid of features images on the homepage. The grid layout is designed to work perfectly, specially on tablets and phones. The theme’s grid layout uses CSS3 media queries for a responsive layout. Other features include, a Theme Customizer that lets you choose a text color, header, footer background and navigation color.

BirdSite

BirdSite


ViewFinder: $53

ViewFinder is a full width WordPress photography theme that conveys a wide collection of photos directly from the home page. The theme features a thumbnail type gallery that enlarges when the user clicks on it. It is a perfect theme to showcase your photographs in one page without the need to browse one by one.

ViewFinder

ViewFinder


Camilla: $48

Camilia is a theme that focuses on your work and creativity. It has plenty of wonderful features like parallax scrolling, horizontal scroll, full screen galleries, one page setup and more. This is the theme you would be having if you are looking for a fresh, clean, and modern look.

Camilla has three pre-defined color variations, but you can tweak it based on your needs.

Camilla

Camilla


James 2.0: $59

James 2.0 is a full screen portfolio theme that will definitely appeal to your audience. This full screen portfolio theme has everything you need to impress your visitors. The theme also provides an easy integration to WooCommerce.

James 2.0

James 2.0



Clearly: Free

Clearly is a WordPress photography theme with large, full-width slider on top of the homepage with the latest post underneath. This is typical of the theme of this kind, but what’s different about Clearly is that it has few qualities not seen before. Like a wider than the text excerpt below, and the social media icons running down their sides.

Clearly

Clearly



Samba: $55

Samba is a WordPress theme that comes with plenty of customization options and a page builder. This theme is perfect for people who are looking to custom-build a WordPress site. Samba has everything you need to modify it to your liking or redesign the theme itself. The theme allows for easy integration to WooCommerce and is retina-ready.

Samba

Samba



Ink: $45

Ink is a premium WordPress portfolio theme that provides an easy way to build your own theme. It is very simple to setup that you don’t need to spend countless hours of tweaking and building your website. The theme puts typography first, which means that if you have words to showcase other than your images, then this is perfect for you.

The theme features several great shortcodes that can make your website look awesome and functional.

Ink

Ink



Origami: Free

Origami is a simple, responsive theme that puts emphasis on your content. It has a very clean and attractive design and the home page showcases a myriad of the latest posts. At the top of each post, there are featured images that stretch through the entire width of the content area.

Origami

Origami



Enser: $45

Enser is a WordPress photography theme that features retina graphics, clean design, and a modern look. Like most WordPress themes, this theme is responsive, meaning it is optimized for smartphones and tablets. The theme also comes with a nice Theme Options page for customizing your theme. It also has a full-width slider, and grid layout for blogs and inner pages.

If you are a photographer, then you’ll definitely love this theme.

Enser

Enser



Portal: Free

Portal theme is a clean, single column theme that has a home page, a title, and a wide featured image just above the text area. It is actually a minimal blog theme, but it works great as a photography or portfolio theme. This theme integrates with the Page Builder plugin, so you can use it to build anything from a single landing page, to a full photography website.

Portal

Portal


Top 10 Stunning Real Estate WordPress themes for a dazzling real estate website

Want to make a big impact for your real estate website?  Here are 10 superb wordpress real estate themes that are sure to help.

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  1. Curb- appeal evolved

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Agent Revolution never disappoint whenever they release a word press theme, and curbappeal evolved is no exception. This is an improvement from a previous theme –curb appeal legacy. The home page offers all website visitors the option to search property listings either by price or the property type. It’s also possible to search homes by map.

Features:

  • Responsive.
  • Easy translation to other languages.
  • Ability to automatically update the theme without losing CSS customizations.
  • Relies on the Genesis framework

View it here and if you like it, why not download it here?


  1. Homeland

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This theme offers you two layouts; you can either choose the full width or the boxed style. For real estate firms that are active members in a multiple listing service, homeland theme can be leveraged by dsIdxpress plug-in to embed live real estate listings. It is also retina ready. This means that high resolution images can be loaded without lowering the performance of your website. How cool is that? This feature works on devices that have the retina display feature.

Other features:

  • Ability to customize page templates and post types.
  • 20 Google web fonts.
  • Comments are threaded up to the third level.
  • Unique header background image per page.
  • SEO ready.
  • Ability to self host videos.

Check out the theme here and download it here.

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  1. WP PRO REAL ESTATE 06

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It gives you an option to use a slider or a large map for the home page, and if you don’t like either of them then you can use the powerful home page builder with simple drag and drop functionalities to give your site a totally different look.

The multiple search algorithm gives much refined results as compared to the searches in other contemporary themes. Features:

  • Video and retina ready.
  • Ajax powered admin panel options.
  • Built in widget to allow managing of ads.
  • Short code generator.
  • Option of either full width or box responsive layout.

View it here and click here to download it.


  1. ELEGANT ESTATE

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Elegant estate has an easy to use navigation and comes in 5 main color layouts; blue, green, purple, orange and gray. Changing the logo is as easy as a file upload.

From the dashboard you can change meta tags, titles and keywords of a page or a post. The theme allows for the integration of code snippers.This can be useful for setting up analytics code, adsense or other social media scripts without requiring the need to have extensive web design skills.

Features:

  • Perpetual updates in line with WP upgrades.
  • Integrated contact form with captcha.
  • Full width column.

It may not have many features, but it comes at a pocket-friendly price for those seeking a low cost real estate theme. Please view it here and also sign up here to download it.


  1. SMOOTH PRO

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Smooth pro is a responsive theme from Gorilla Themes and comes with an agent bio linked to the main agent page. The mortgage payment calculator will be quite useful to site visitors. It prompts you to fill in the loan amount, interest and period of the loan repayment and then it computes a rough estimate of how much you can pay per month.

Features:

  • MLS and IDX integration.
  • Fully responsive design.
  • Large slideshow on the homepage.
  • SEO friendly

View it here and download it here.


  1. AGENT PRESS PRO THEME

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Based on the genesis framework, this theme embraces HTMLS markup techniques extensively. The property listings have user friendly navigation.

Features:

  • 4 color styles.
  • Custom header, menu and background.
  • 6 layout options.
  • Detailed tutorials online.

You may realize that the price is slightly higher than the average price of a premium theme; this is because it’s a onetime purchase inclusive of the genesis framework.

You can check out their demo here and download it here


  1. HOMEPAGE QUEST

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This theme allows you to choose 4 color layouts from the word press admin dashboard; bright yellow, cool turquoise, green or bold orange.

The search functionality has been integrated into the slider as a new approach to assist users find listings fast. If you want the non-branded interface for simplicity they have designed a switch for that.

Features:

  • Mobile responsive.
  • Retina ready.
  • Advanced SEO features built into the theme.
  • Powerful admin interface with 6 extra modules.

You can always buy it at the standard, developer or club member price with the latter having the more bonus features.

Check out their preview and even log in to the dashboard. Download it here.


  1. REAL ESTATE PRO

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Have you ever imagined how WP would be if the post editing was done by drag and drop? Well, this theme takes the standard edit to a whole new level. It even resizes the images automatically.

In addition to the normal property listing features (property location, price and image) this theme allows you to even attach a brochure, energy certificate and floor plans to the listing. The predominantly blue color scheme can be changed when you are buying the theme at an extra cost.

Features:

  • Sidebar manger to add widgets.
  • Easy social media integration.
  • Assign multiple agents to listings.

A preview is available here. Download it now


  1. MODERN ESTATE

 

Modern Estate theme

Modern Estate theme

This is a free theme from Slocum themes with a sleek responsive design. It readily works with the easy real estate plug-in adding property listing functionalities to the site.

Features:

  • HTML5 and CSS3 standards.
  • Multiple color schemes.
  • Variety of page templates.
  • Free.

Catch a glimpse of it here and grab the latest version!


  1. Plymouth

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Designed by Placester, this theme can be fully personalized without hard coding. A huge slider welcomes you to this theme’s homepage. The way the contact form pops up onto the slider is quite an eye-catcher.

Features:

  • Supports IDX,
  • SEO ready
  • Mobile responsive
  • Integrates social media
  • Multiple Images slides per listing

See it in action here and own it here

How to create a wordpress blog – Step by Step Guide

wordpressDid you know that is the most popular blogging platform that powers more than 60 million websites  worldwide?

People create blogs for many reasons. Some people start a blog to teach others about a topic while others start blogging simply to have fun.  Everyone has their own reason.

So whats’s your reason to start a blog?

There are many free blogging platforms are available to set up a blog and begin writing within minutes. But if you are using hosted blogging platforms like blogger, tumbler, Facebook etc., you need to under their terms and conditions. A self hosted blog will give you complete control over how your blog site looks and works.

WordPress is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. WordPress has many features like custom design templates, plugin, automatic spam protection and a strong community to get support. It is very flexible and user-friendly. You can start a on your own host extremely cheaply and get on the way within 20 minutes.

So how do you install it in less than 5 minutes and start blogging?

  • Step 1: Sign up with Hosting

    In order to start a wordpress blog website, you need a domain name and a web hosting account. Arvixe is one of the best and most reliable WordPress web hosting providers. Bonus: You get a free domain when you signup for an Arvixe web hosting account.

     

    You will receive a welcome email with control panel login details. Login to your newly created Arvixe Account.

  • Step 2: Log into hosting control Panel

    Log into your newly created Arvixe Account. Once you are logged in, just scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and you will see WordPress available for installation right from the control panel. Click on the icon.

     Click on wordpress icon

    Click on wordpress icon

  • Step 3: Click on Install

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    install wordpress

    Then, you’ll be redirected to a page, where you can see more details about WordPress. Click on Install button on top of the page.

  • Step 4: Type in blog settings

    wp-install3Type in your WordPress blog settings. Fill the fields such as the site or the folder of your site to which it will be installed, site name/title, the admin username and password. If you wish the WordPress blog to be the main page of your website, make sure the ‘In Directory’ field is empty. When you are done, click ‘Install’. And you’re basically almost done.

  • Step 5: Visit default WordPress page

    default WordPress page.

    default WordPress page.

    Installation will take less than 1 min. Your new blog is ready to use and you can see the default WordPress page.

  • Step 6:Log into Admin

    wp-navigation

    How to add new post?

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    write a post

    After log into your site admin, click ‘Posts’ then click ‘Add New’. Then you’ll be directed to the writing screen. Enter your post title in the upper field, enter your post body content in the main post editing box below it, select a category, add tags and when you are ready, click ‘Preview’ to see how it looks when readers read your post. Click ‘Publish’ to let the world see your post. Read How to write a Post in wordpress blog for more information.

    How to create category

    create/edit category

    create/edit category

    Click ‘Posts’ >> ‘Categories’. Then you’ll be directed to category page. Here you can see existing categories and option to add new category.
    How to add photos, videos and music to your posts

    Add media

    Add media

    Click on the text where you want to add the content and click on the Add Media button in the top left part of the editor. Click on the Select files button in the insert Media pop-up screen. Once you upload the file, fill the attachment settings of the image. Then click the Insert into post button and you will see the image added to your editor window.

    How to customize the Look of your Blog

    You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting Appearance>>themes link. Here, you will see your current theme and all other themes you have currently installed in your server. You can preview and activate any theme from this list.To add another one, simply click on the Install Themes tab.There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes available. On this page you can either search for a free theme from the WordPress.org theme directory or you can upload a theme from your local hard drive. Read this tutorial to go through the steps of installing and activating a Theme on your WordPress Powered blog.

    1. If you are searching for a free theme follow these steps: click on the Upload link at the top of the page >> click the Choose File button >> select the archive of your theme from your local computer >>Press the Install Now button >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.

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      upload theme

    2. If you are upload a theme follow these steps: Browse through the results >> choose a theme for your site >> click on the Install Now link under it >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.
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    Install theme

    Other WordPress settings: Simply navigate to the sidebar on the left.

    Dashboard

    dashboard

    http://www.wordpressluv.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2131&action=edit dashboard

    Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area of your blog. The Dashboard is the information Central. The Dashboard Screen provides an overview of what’s happening with your blog. It shows the number of posts, pages, Categories, and Tags, a list of the recent comments, links to start writing Posts or Pages and provide access to updating WordPress, plugins, and themes.
    Posts

    Posts

    Posts

    When you click on it you can see all posts from your blog. Here you will get options to edit and delete the existing posts. Under the post menu category you have several links: “Edit”, “Add new”, “Post tags” and “Categories”.
    Media – is the images, video, and files, you upload and use in your blog.
    Page – is another tool to add static content to a WordPress site.
    Comments – you can manage user’s comments here.
    Appearance – Customize the Look of your Blog
    WordPressis highly customizable. You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting themes link. There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes are available. Under Appearance you will see another section called Widgets. Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. For example, if you want to show latest posts, categories and tag cloud, just drag and drop the respective boxes to the sidebar where you want them to appear.
    Plugins – to add more functionality to your Blog. Plugins improve the performance of a website, the search engine optimization, and the overall user experience. For eg. comment spam filter, display related posts, t, add contact form add more SEO features, add eCommerce features, etc. For example comment spam filter, or related posts, they are all plugins. Read this tutorial to go through the steps of installing and activating a Plugin on your WordPress Powered blog.
    Here are some must have plugins:

    • Akismet – To protect you from web spam
    • WordPress SEO by Yoast – To increase your search engine traffic by improving your WordPress SEO.
    • W3 Total Cache – To reduce the download times and increase server performance.
    • Contact Form 7 – To add contact page in you blog
    • Google XML Sitemaps – To generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog.
    • WordPress Related Posts – To display related posts in the footer of your content and increase your readers’ engagement with your posts
    • Digg Digg – To display all social sharing buttons nicely on your blog.

    Users : You can add/manage new and existing users here.
    Settings : Here you can change general configuration of your WordPress blog.

Now that you are familiar with the basic features and functions of WordPress, you can start writing content.

How to Automatically Create a WordPress Post from a YouTube Video

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If you have a YouTube post and a WordPress blog, isn’t it too tedious and time consuming to create another post, right after you uploaded a YouTube video? What if you can automatically create  a WordPress post as soon as you upload a Video on your YouTube Channel?

 

In this post, we’ll show you how to do that using IFFT (If This Then That). IFFT is a powerful service that helps you automate certain tasks that are based on your specific criteria. Like in this case, if a new video is posted in YouTube then create a WordPress post.

 

Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-automatically-create-wordpress-post-from-youtube-video/

Why WordPress?

People often mistake as only a blogging platform like Blogger and Tumblr, however, WordPress is not just a blogging platform. WordPress is not just a blogging platform. It is a that can help you create a simple blog or a website depending on your needs.

WordPress is a flexible platform and can easily adapt to just about anything. This is also the reason has gained so much popularity. Did you know that 22.5% of the websites all over the world is powered by WordPress?

Due to its robust features, WordPress has been used by top brands like Sony, Disney, The New York Times, eBay, and more.

Still not convinced? Read all about it on wpbeginner.com.

What Open Source, and GPL Mean for WordPress Business Users

is a free and open source software; it costs nothing to use and is built collaboratively by volunteers across the world. Most of the time people have some concerns in using free software especially for businesses. Usually if it’s free, people doubt and they might be thinking: “There is a catch, right?”

But no. WordPress is really free. Free to download, install, and you are also free to modify the software itself to better meet  your business’ needs. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t pay money to your site to keep it running. There are also associated costs in running a WordPress site, or any website for that matter.

Here’s a complete explanation on what WordPress really means for your business: <a title="Open-Source, the , and your Business” href=”http://wpbusinesstips.com/2014/06/open-source-gpl-business/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>http://wpbusinesstips.com/2014/06/open-source-gpl-business/

 

Beginner’s Guide to WP_Query

If you have spend much time around , then there is a good high probability that you have come across the term “WP_Query before. However, if you are totally new to the concept, then let us guide you through it.

WP_Query is a class that has certain properties but it contains a lot of powerful behavior. Some of the things you need to understand about WP_Query is that by default, when you just say new WP_Query, you don’t get much use from it. Rather, you get most of the value from WP_Query from understanding how to initialize it correctly.

If you are interested in learning more about it, here’s a beginner’s guide to WP_Query: http://wpshout.com/getting-know-wp_query/

Quick Guide to Those Writing About WordPress

is one of the most popular CMS in the world that has taken interest not only to blog owners, but companies and enterprises themeselves. As a veteran in the platform, it is easy to forget that there are new users of WordPress everyday. As someone who writes about WordPress for a living, it is frustrating to see errors and mistakes that most newbies are writing about, like the style of the writing and how each content make sense, worthy for anyone to get a good grasp on.

This list a a cheatsheet for newcomers and veterans of WordPress to quickly address some of the most common mistakes we make when writing about WordPress.

Read the rest of the cheatsheet here: http://wptavern.com/quick-reference-guide-for-those-writing-about-wordpress